I am happy to introduce another version of my tweaking software for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7. Winaero Tweaker has reached version 0.6.0.8. I made a few improvements to the app and added 14 new features that you might find useful. Let's see what they are.
The application can now properly recognize Windows 10 "Creators Update", which is expected to be released in 2017. This allows Winaero Tweaker to hide those tweaks which no longer work in this version of the OS. For example, I had to hide the "Briefcase" feature, since Microsoft completely removed Briefcase in Windows 10 Creators Update and it cannot be restored any more.
Other bug fixes and improvements are as follows:
- The Unwanted Apps feature is working again. It will stop Windows 10 from auto-downloading and auto-installing apps like Twitter, Minecraft, Netflix and so on. Thanks to all users for bug reports!
- Added a new "Windows Defender" category which contains all tweaks related to this app.
- The "Control Panel" category got a new icon and new name: Settings and Control Panel.
Now, let's talk about the new features in this release.
Customize the taskbar's search box text
There is a new option to change Cortana's prompt to any custom text you want. You can remove the text hint completely or set it to any custom text you want. You will be asked to restart Explorer to apply the changes you made.
Restore Classic Paint
Use this new option to restore the classic Paint app as the default in Windows 10 build 14971 and above. If you are not happy to have Paint 3D be the default app instead of Paint, just tick the provided checkbox. Since Windows 10 changes frequently, Microsoft might remove classic Paint completely in the future. When this happens, use the provided alternative solution.
Classic UAC dialog
This feature is available only in Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Enable the option to restore the classic Windows 7-like UAC prompt. It no longer works for the latest Creators Update builds.
White Search Box
Move the search box to the top in Cortana
Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock
Once you enable this option, it will be possible to initiate a BSoD (blue screen of death) manually. Tick the checkbox and restart your PC. After that, hold the right CTRL key and press Scroll Lock twice.
Protection against adware and potentially unwanted apps
Disable Windows Ink Workspace
File Explorer Starting Folder
- This PC
- Quick Access
The folder you selected will be opened when you open File Explorer the next time by clicking its icon.
Change Registered Owner and Organization
Remove BitLocker context menu entries
Enable hidden Share page in Settings
Windows 10 has a hidden "Share" page in the Settings app which is not visible out of the box. Enable this option to unhide it. Once enabled, it will allow you to control which apps appear in the Share app list in Windows 10.
Disable Hover to Select in TaskView
This feature will disable the automatic switching to the hovered desktop in the Task View user interface. If you turn on this feature, it will require a click on a virtual desktop thumbnail to switch to it.
That's it. Feel free to report any bugs you find and make your own suggestions.